Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Emerald-chinned Hummingbird (Abeillia abeillei)


French: Colibri d’Abeillé German: Smaragdkehlkolibri Spanish: Colibrí de Abeillé

Ornismya Abeillei

Lesson and DeLattre

, 1839,

Veracruz, Mexico


Validity of race aurea has been questioned. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. a. abeillei (Lesson & DeLattre, 1839) – SE Mexico (from N Oaxaca) to Guatemala, El Salvador and NW Honduras.
  • A. a. aurea A. H. Miller & Griscom, 1925 – S Honduras and N Nicaragua.
  • Descriptive notes

    7–7·5 cm; 2·7 g. Male has short straight black bill; back metallic bronze-green; broad white postocular spot; chin and upper throat shining emerald green... read more


    Song a repeated thin, high-pitched phrase comprising 3–8 notes, e.g. “tsee-tsee-tsew....tsee-tsee-... read more


    Occurs in open understorey of higher tropical to cloudforest. Forages very low above ground.... read more

    Food and feeding

    Nectar of flowering Rubiaceae, Verbenaceae, Oenotheraceae. Feeds on insects by hawking. Male defends nectar-rich flower stands.


    Feb–Mar. Deep, cup-shaped nest constructed of soft plant fibre and cobweb on vertical shoots at 2–3 m. No further data... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common resident on the Atlantic and Pacific slopes. Appears to have declined locally in N Oaxaca, Mexico, due to habitat destruction by... read more

    Recommended citation

    Schuchmann, K.L. & Boesman, P. (2020). Emerald-chinned Hummingbird (Abeillia abeillei). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 17 January 2020).